Areas of concern as Singapore enters phase two of Circuit Breaker

I read the details on the safety measures for different sectors of the population and economy when we move into phase two of Singapore’s reopening tomorrow.

While many would agree that we are headed in the right direction, there are two areas that are of concern to me.

One is the reopening of playgrounds for children. This is generally a high-contact activity.

Realistically, equipment such as the bars, the swing or the slide cannot be sanitised as soon as children have made contact with them.

It is recommended that children sanitise their hands before, during and after playing, but young children do not know how to keep their hands away from their faces even when they are told not to. I think that allowing playgrounds to reopen is a high-risk move.

The other area is the reopening of bookshops. I cannot see people entering a bookshop and not touching the books.

One cannot clean each book after it has been touched. One cannot even clean all the books at the end of the day. While adults can be more disciplined about touching their faces after touching the books, I wonder about children.

Can we do more to minimise the risks in these two areas?

 

MB Ang

 

 

 

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16 Responses to “Areas of concern as Singapore enters phase two of Circuit Breaker”

  • Dun Bluff Mi U Tink I 2pid?:

    It is very sad.. The war with covid within our shores is not done yet. Phase 1 seems like continued CB. Yet we are going into Phase 2 for the wrong reasons of economy and general erections.. God save us!

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  • Eddie:

    Apparently the govt has Political vs Medical expediency; and the former seems to take the fore! In fact politics can be at the back burner: wondering why not – do they fear losing more votes to the opposition??

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times website :Quote – “New coronavirus cluster in Tuas workers dormitory

    The majority of the Covid-19 cases here are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
    PUBLISHED2 HOURS AGO
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    SINGAPORE – A new coronavirus cluster – a dormitory at 10 Tech Park Crescent in Tuas – was announced on Thursday (June 18).

    The cluster includes two new Covid-19 patients confirmed on Thursday. They are linked to two previous cases, meaning that the cluster has four cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

    It is the first time a new cluster has been announced after no new clusters were announced for two successive days.

    A total of 257 new Covid-19 patients were confirmed on Thursday by the ministry, taking Singapore’s total to 41,473.

    This included four community cases – one permanent resident and three work permit holders.

    The three work permit holders were already in quarantine when they tested positive for Covid-19.

    They had been identified as close contacts of previous cases and were swabbed to verify their status. Two of them are asymptomatic….

    The PR, a 38-year-old man, was picked up by MOH’s active screening of those working in essential services. He is also asymptomatic.

    Further tests showed that three of the four cases were likely infected some time ago and are no longer infectious. The test result for the remaining case is pending.

    No physical rallies at next S’pore GE | Phase 2 starts tomorrow | THE BIG STORY

    Migrant workers living in dormitories make up the remaining 253 cases.

    Thursday’s figure is slightly higher than the 247 cases reported on Wednesday but is lower than the daily average of 321 in the past seven days.

    The average number of new daily community cases has also come down from eight cases two weeks ago to seven in the past week. The average unlinked community cases per day has fallen from four to three over the same period…
    MOH also said that the cluster at Orange Valley Nursing Home has been closed as no new cases have been reported in the past 28 days, or two incubation cycles of the virus.

    With 774 new cases discharged on Thursday, 32,702 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

    Response :New cluster at Tuas Dormitory come out again. LHL better remove wi**** Amy Khor Lean Suan and Josephine Teo Li Min from all government positions before more people died from corona virus. Only after complaint will MOH do more testing as it is clearly seen by the rise of Thursday figure over Wednesday. If never complaint, next week may do less testing and then obviously become as single digit cases by MOH just to open circuit breaker and hold GE. No magic about that! When become single digit, it will be thick skinned “self praised” as “good job, well done” of MOH by beast woman Amy Khor Lean Suan and Josephine Teo Li Min!

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  • trublu:

    To me,we have yet to truly determine how wide the COVID has spread among unsuspecting sgs n others.
    NO WIDE-SPREAD TESTING HAS TRULY TAKEN PLACE even after PHASE 1,WHAT ABOUT PHASE 2?

    MOST TESTING DONE ON [email protected] b thats WHY THE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS BETTER REFLECT THE REAL SPREAD.
    BUT COMMUNITY IS PLAIN WAYANG.

    OUR GOVT SPATE NO SECOND THOUGHTS TBROWING BILLOONS,A 100 BLION$ AWAY BUT DOES NOT SU SCRIBE TO.PUTTING REAL RESOURCES ON NATION-WIDE TESTING?

    THIS IS THE SAME GOVT THAT SAID NO NESD TO WEAR MASKS N SUBSEQUENTLY,FINE PEOPLE IF THEY DO T WEAR A MASK?

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  • Theng Sor Gua:

    Yes, there is something you can do, MD Ang. Continue to hibernate at home.

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  • knowingly:

    Putting all the elderly in danger.
    What is defense? for what? for who?

    https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/06/17/friends-test-positive-coronavirus-after-night-out-florida-bar-warning-cpt-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus/

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  • Uselesspap:

    Rally cry should be ,

    ” SACK THEM ALL ”

    ” VTO “

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  • Kettle and Pots Are Both Black:

    GE OVERRULES ALL CONSIDERATIONS.

    GE STOPS AT NOTHING.

    GE IS EVERYTHING.

    GE IS THE NAME OF THE GAME.

    GE DIE DIE MUST HAPPEN.

    GE MANDATE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MANDEAD.

    GE 大过天.

    GE YOU DECIDE.

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  • Are you worthy?:

    Eddie:
    Apparently the govt has Political vs Medical expediency; and the former seems to take the fore! In fact politics can be at the back burner: wondering why not – do they fear losing more votes to the opposition??

    Chee.tah has clearly declared that he is not a doctor. So, he doesn’t know or understand what’s going on.

    That’s why these clowns plan and decide without fully understanding the big picture. Everything goes by trial and error or have to depend on hindsight coz they don’t possess any foresight or capable leadership.

    Pathetic lot given their universally highest salaries!

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on CNA website :Quote – “Singaporeans may be allowed to enter Malaysia without COVID-19 restrictions, but this should be a reciprocal arrangement: Putrajaya
    Singapore Malaysia Causeway Mar 18, 2020 – 5
    The Causeway at around 7am as dawn breaks on Mar 18, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)
    By Amir Yusof
    19 Jun 2020 05:44PM
    (Updated: 19 Jun 2020 06:31PM)

    SINGAPORE: Singaporeans may be allowed to enter Malaysia without the need to undergo COVID-19 screening and home quarantine, but there should be a reciprocal arrangement for Malaysians, said Putrajaya on Friday (Jun 19).

    Speaking during a press conference on COVID-19 measures, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Malaysian government has agreed to allow citizens from both Singapore and Brunei to visit freely provided the same flexibility is extended to Malaysians entering both countries….

    Mr Ismail Sabri, who is also defence minister, said this was because both Singapore and Brunei are categorised as green zones by the Malaysian Health Ministry.

    “We have agreed to allow Singapore citizens that live in Singapore or Brunei citizens who live in Brunei to come into our country. Hence, we are opening up our country to Singapore citizens and Brunei citizens to come in without the need for approval from our immigration department or to undergo COVID-19 screening tests or home quarantine,” he said…. “Unquote.

    Response :Malaysia classified Singapore as green zone is justifiable as Singapore did a lot of corona virus testing. However is Malaysia really a green zone is another worrying thing. If all those Malaysians workers come to Singapore to work everyday without quarantine, it is just a matter of time when Singapore need another circuit breaker or total lockdown again! Be real, and block free flow of Malaysian workers to Singapore for at least the next two years to be “safe” in the meantime.

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  • money talks bullshit walks:

    i bet if they start testing locals, theyll find hundreds if not thousands of infected plus silent carriers of the virus.
    its no wonder the pandemic isnt subsiding here.
    yet PAPs want us to believe everything is ok???
    plse folks if u even got half a brain, do think for yourselves n family.
    PAP is not our God…we dont need to believe everything they say!

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  • Mai Spurm Goode:

    It is strange that there is little cases , if any, reported about super market cashiers. Why is it they meet so many people in air-conditioning environment and yet little if any cases reported about them? It’s commonsense that if they are reported as infected people will be scared.

    But maybe it’s just a coincidence. Virus don’t prefer cashiers?

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  • CB need to be lifted:

    No choice, the CB if continue will do much more damages to companies,jobs and living hood.Sad but true.
    Best option is to protect all the vulnerable groups.
    The rest of us will have to take the risks and take precaution …will recover even if infected.
    Anyway the spread in the community should be much higher than reported as seen in other countries.More tests will show more infected already.

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  • Sinker Pore:

    HSK said Happy Father’s day in a recent video saying this father’s day people can celebrate due to lifting rules.

    *BUT WHO FATHERED HSK?*

    Is it not one citizen know who is the father of their future PM ??

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  • Reality:

    What is the infection rate at the FW Dormitory ?
    How many more needed to be tested ?
    What is the actual infection cases there ? 100K ?

    Need to expedite the testing to know the actual situation and risks.
    What is the problem?Not enough testing kits or testing Lab capacity or health workers ?Need more transparency to the people.Lives is at stake.

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  • mountain_tortise:

    it did not take me rocket science from the very beginning to understand covid 19 is a contagious disease just like flu, but more deadly

    generally i think our leaders were a little off guards, but choose to follow every advise WHO gave, great isn’t it, its WHO fault not our leaders ?

    is this the kind of leaders we want to continue leading us ? 50 years ago a 1 party system may be beneficial to us during chaotic times, but in today is a 1 party majority system still working for us ?

    many issues surface during this covid 19, these issues were there long before but not attended to or some feels there is no need to, just like the living condition of dormitory, no doubts is not all fault of dorm but rather the lack of educating these FW staying inside and not understanding their culture, behaviour, of course we can’t expect our leaders to be able foresee every little aspect, but since pri sch we have been taught peronal hygiene, how was this possible to have been over look or just bcos they are FW ? when u have no alternative voices or only a few, do we think the majority will listen to these minority ? this is generally human behaviour, complancency

    my only advise to all voters, open your eyes and ears and vote wisely

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